• Wed. Mar 8th, 2023

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Taming Our To-Do Lists

To-do lists have the power to make us strong or leave us crying messes on the floor. It all depends upon who is the boss, us, or our to-do lists.

African American woman with coffee, a phone, and the words taming our to-do lists

We spend a lot of time talking about our to-do lists. What should and should not be on the list. How we are going to get through the to-do list. How to prioritize the to-do list. What to do with the items we can’t get to on the to-do list. Today let’s talk about what happens when we do something on the to-do list and it does not turn out the way we want.

 For example, I spent all yesterday afternoon and evening putting together the Ikea bunk beds my twins asked for as a birthday present. After I was finally done, the girls were excited, jumping up and down screaming how happy they were. At bedtime, the girls climbed into bed, fluffed their pillows, and spend 5 minutes in their individual beds before Z climbed into C’s upper bunk. Guess what climbed into my bed at 3:00 am, Z. At 6 am guess what I found in my face, Z feet.

It is terrific to know  part of having to-do lists is knowing sometimes what we have to do doesn’t work the way we want.

 In a prior life, at a prior time, I would have been upset about this turn of events. I mean I put 9 hours of my life into those bunk beds. The point of putting that item on my to-do list and checking it off was so that the girls could have their own bed. The point of spending 9 hours fighting with the Allen wrench and Ikea instructions was that I did not want to make up to stinky baby feet in my face. There was a mission, a plan, I put in the work and what did I get? I got baby toes in my face. And you know what, it is terrific.

 It was as President Obama called it, a teachable moment. Sometimes when we do the things on the to-do list, the results we get from others are not what we would have desired. That does not change the value of what we did. It is a good thing to go down the to-do list and check off the things on it as we planned. It is good to accomplish what we set out to do. But, part of having a to-do list is the reality that sometimes the results are not what we intended. When that happens, do not get upset. Realize that is part of having a to-do list and keep moving.

So the question for you this terrific day is how are you going to deal with unexpected results from the to-do list?

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3 thoughts on “Taming Our To-Do Lists”
  1. That is a good idea. I saw that on lost, be upset for a short period of time, then continue to move. Thanks for the reminder,.

  2. Wow!!! This post is right on time! Really. I'm going to take a few minutes and just…be. This afternoon, I”m going to put my “to do list” down and spend some uninterrupted time with my baby girl. Thank you!

  3. Ooh! Good one!
    I think just relaxing and breathing is the way to go. Take time to allow yourself anger/frustration at the change of plans and then do something about it that's within your power.

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